Thumbs Down to a sexist medical system in Ontario that still refuses to pay for PSA blood tests, to help in the early detection of prostate cancer. We know the test isn’t foolproof, but it does provide an important indicator that can assist doctors with a diagnosis. At $35-$50 per test, it is far less expensive and no less effective than publicly funded mammograms. We are not suggesting women not have access to that test; we are insisting that prostate cancer, one of the top killers of men in this country, receive the same consideration.
Thumbs Down to the Niagara Region public health committee which this week let a dreadful report on the area’s high rate of suicide attempts slide by with almost no discussion. If politicians don’t want to shine a light on this, then where is staff?
Thumbs Down to people who drive with their hoodies pulled over their head. You really think that’s a good idea? Eliminate your peripheral vision and compromise hearing things like emergency vehicles? Offenders should get the same fine as for cell-phone usage.
Thumbs Up to the snow and cold. Hey, if we are going to have winter, let’s make it a real winter and not a Vancouver winter! And thumbs up to the majority of drivers who know how to conduct themselves accordingly and not be in a rush.
Thumbs Down to the jerks at the five corners in Niagara FAlls Thursday afternoon who kept going through the intersection five or six at a time during a power outage instead of being respectful and taking their turn like they should.
Thumb Up to Bullet News Deals. It rocks with great bargains all at 50 per cent off.
Thumbs Up to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for posting the results of inspections of private clinics in the province. Previously, the public had no way of knowing which private clinics had received a failing grade. There is no substitute for informed patients.
Thumbs Down to Canadian Food Inspection Agency for allowing some 240,000 Atlantic salmon with infectious salmon anemia, a flu-like virus, to be processed for human consumption in restaurants and supermarkets. The CFIA and some experts have determined the virus poses no harm to human health. But not all experts agree and the United States won’t allow infected salmon to be imported. While the jury is out on the issue, the fish shouldn’t be making their way to dinner plates in Canada either.